CSL: Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai Relegated As Mikel’s Tianjin TEDA Escape

CSL: Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai Relegated As Mikel’s Tianjin TEDA Escape

By Johnny Edward:

Odion Ighalo’s Chinese Super League club, Changchun Yatai has been relegated to the second tier division after they lost 2-0 to Dalian Yifang at the Dalian Sports Center Stadium in Sunday’s final league game reports Completesportsnigeria.com. 

A goal in each half from Duvier Riascos and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco sent Changchun Yatai back to the second division for the first time in 15 years.


Changchun Yatai finished with 32 points from 30 games.

Ighalo who missed the game against Dalian Yifang through a hamstring injury netted 21 goals for his team this season to finish as the second top scorer in the CSL.


The former Watford striker had scored 15 goals in the previous campaign.

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Mikel Obi’s club Tianjin Teda meanwhile survived the drop on the final day despite losing 5-1 away to Guangzhou Evergrande at the Tianhe Stadium.


They finished on 32 points but enjoyed a better head-to-head against Changchun Yatai.


Shanghai SIPG won the 2017/18  Chinese Super League (CSL) title for the first time ever.


The title was the first top-tier league trophy for Shanghai since the establishment of the CSL in 2004.

Obafemi Martins Shanghai Shenhua finished seventh in the CSL standing with 38 points from 30 matches.


Both Ighalo and Mikel will play no part in Nigeria’s clash against South Africa in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier in Johanessburg.

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  • Does anyone know the song that will be on Ighalo’s lips at moment: let me guess.

    I guess the ex-Watford man will be singing :” I did my best but I guess my best wasn’t good enough
    Cause here we are back where we were before
    Seems nothing ever changes, we’re back to being strangers
    Wondering if we oughta stay or head on out the door
    Just once, can’t we figure out what we keep doing wrong… (by James Ingram).

    Ighalo did his best with a ridiculously unbelievable 21 goals in 27 games for Changchun Yatai but they were not good enough to prevent his club from relegation.

    Him and the club will now have to go back being strangers as Ighalo will surely need to find another club to play top flight football.

    But where, where next for a 21 goal a season striker?

    England, Spain, Germany or Italy. No, none of the above.

    I will suggest that Ighalo stays in China with another division 1 club for that may well be his chance to continue being prolific in front of goal.

    Unless of course he has been chatting to his national teammate who will advise him that if he can get 21 goals in 27 games in China, then he can get 27 goals in 21 games in Saudi Arabia.
    Whatever his next career move, I
    wish Ighalo “more goals to his boots”.

    • Chairmanfemi 4 years ago

      Not too impressive comment from you @deo. You belittled the striker in your write-up. Especially when you said something like “But where, where next for a 21 goal a season striker?

      England, Spain, Germany or Italy. No, none of the above.

      I will suggest that Ighalo stays in China with another division 1 club for that may well be his chance to continue being prolific in front of goal.”
      Well as for me, am happy his club is relegated cuz am sure Ighalo won’t play in a Chinese Division 2 considering his prolificacy in front of goal. So a move to Europe will likely be looming back for Ighalo

      • Oh dear! My one and only Chairmanfemi. These footballers earn a lot of money. I don’t think they will mind if we ‘pull their legs’ on a few occasions.
        My comments were made purely in the spirit of light-heartedness.
        No offense intended bro.
        His goals than done a lot to promote the attractiveness of the Chinese division one, I see no harm in helping them promote their division two as well with basket full of goals (Lol).
        Please no vex with me bro, I am just in a silly mood……

  • Ighalo finished as the 2nd highest goal scorer in the entire league and still the club got relegated. It’s like he was the only real scorer in the club? Guyman should find another top club asap. It simply cannot be said that Nigeria’s first choice number 9 is playing in the Chinese 2nd division.

    • But Kel why are you talking like this? If he can get 21 goals in 27 games in China’s division 1 then he should be able to get 100 goals in 10 matches in their division 2.
      So, it may not be a such a bad idea after all if he stays in the club.

    • We have players in second divisions playing in the Super Eagles. Ok yes, second division in Europe, but still I don’t see how he will not get a mid table to top club in China signing a player that could guarantee then 20 or so goals a season

  • Exactly my thoughts this evening “where next”? Another bumper payday in China or Saudi? Or a mid sized club in Europe?

    Given that his stock is high in China and that he has come good with the National side, my bet would be for him to cash in and remain with a good club in China. It hasn’t hurt his career so no need for a risky move at age 29, it would be better for him to cash in for what could be his last contract at the “highest levels”.

    He is in a rich vein at the moment and a move back to Europe could probably see him being benched and used as an impact sub and tha would have a knockon impact on his position as number one striker with the Super Eagles. Age is not on his side

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    Well, for me Ighalo have tried his best and not left to proved to anyone. I say the truth as I always said.

    However, something is going on this forum that some of us have to put an end to.

    Freedom of speech. Yes, freedom of speech must be respected on this platform and some of us here need to respect each other.

    The main problem is, 75% of the people on here want to be godfather by all means. Nothing wrong with that if they have followers and their followers accepted that to happened, no wahala.

    But they should think of one thing, “outsiders are watching”. Yes they are. We should behave ourselves. The people of old says, if two children went inside for a conversation and came out laughing, it means nothing serious in that meeting but if they came out with red eyes, they learnt a big lesson in that conversation. We should learn how to be a good person from each other but not other way around. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • You are so right. We all have to work hard to stamp out online bullying and harassment.
      The sad part of this is that the worst perpetrators of this crime are some of the most pseudo-intelligent sport analysts whom some simple minded contributors idolise.
      They contribute well but respond to views of others with condescension or even outright insult.
      So, let’s all stamp out online bullying and harassment.

    • Omo9ja 4 years ago

      I meant to say “Nothing”. “Going on on this forum”. Sorry for my typing mistakes. That shameful attitude is painful. Please my people, we are all matured. Let’s peace reign in the house. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Jones 4 years ago

      You reason like a child.

  • Edoman 4 years ago

    As far as l am concern, Ighalo (29) has proved himself over and over again. He is a multimillionaire and the second top goal banger in China this season. On the National front, Ighalo is the # one goal banger in Africa at the moment with 6 goals in 3 games. Therefore, he can play in any Chinese league he likes and it will not diminish his current records nor will it prevent him from playing for Nigeria in Cameroon next year where Nigeria is expected, God’s willing, to bring the CUP back to this African giant Nation.